600 Academics Send Sharp Letter To PM Modi On Rapes


New Delhi: A group of 637 academics in India and abroad have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, telling him that his statements on the “monstrous crimes” had been “wholly inadequate, platitudinous” and gave “non-specific assurances of justice” for the victims.

In solidarity with some retired civil servants writing a letter last week to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible for the “terrible state of affairs” in Kathua and Unnao, over 600 academics from India and abroad, including Noam Chomsky (Emeritus) of Massachussetts Institute of Technology, have also written an open letter to the Prime Minister.

“We send you this letter… so that we are not guilty of silence; and so that callousness and cowardice might finally draw the line at the broken body of a little girl and the rape of a young woman”, said the strongly-worded letter, released around the same time the government cleared changes to the penal code to introduce death penalty for child rapists.

The signatories include over 200 academics and scholars at universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The open letter is the second that has been addressed to PM Modi this week.

Former bureaucrats and police officers had written to him, holding PM Modi responsible for a “terrifying state of affairs” and expressing concern at the “decline in the secular, democratic, and liberal values”.